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Upcoming events June 4-24

Saturday, June 4

The Park Rapids Fire Department is hosting the 8th annual Firemen's Open House Feed from 1 to 5 p.m. today (Saturday) at the department headquarters on Highway 71 South.

Brats, hot dogs, beans and fries will be served. Equipment will be out and the Medivac chopper may pay a call.

Kids are invited to take part in a bike rodeo. Kids should bring bikes and helmets and run the course.

Demos will be ongoing throughout the afternoon.

Sunday, June 5

The Park Rapids Lions will host the 30th annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and orange juice.

The public is invited to a free presentation, "Local Forests and Wildlife: The Dance Goes On," at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the Environmental Building at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids. 

The Headwaters Chapter of the Minnesota Forestry Association sponsors the event.  Harry Hutchins, professor of ecology at Itasca Community College will discuss the ecological relationship between forest types and the wildlife living within, and what happens when forests or wildlife populations change due to natural or human impacts. 

Refreshments will be served. 

The Minnesota Forestry Association exists primarily to promote good stewardship of privately held forest lands. Membership is open to all. 

Monday, June 6

May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker is offering "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays for eight weeks beginning June 6.

The program cost is $5 and is open to the public. Advance registration is required as space is limited.

A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

Call Lori Hilsabeck at 218-547-7511 to register or for more information.

Headwaters Animal Shelter will hold the annual meeting and board elections Monday, June 6 at Calvary Church.

Guest speaker is Tom Stursa of the Department of Natural Resources who will share information on wolves and wolf habitat at 6 p.m.

The meeting and elections follow at 7 p.m.

Chapter FJ of the PEO sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Monday June 6 in the home of Kathy Hollenbeck.

The program will be the report of state convention.

There will be an initiation.

Officers are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. for rehearsal.

Call the hostess with regrets.

Tuesday, June 7

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the home of Jan Swedberg. 

Co-hostesses are Marion Holtey and Sandy Porter. 

The program will be "Initiation."

Wednesday, June 8

Photographer Doug Ohman will present his Prairie, "Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Whether you've visited all of Minnesota's State Parks or just a few, you will enjoy this tour of Minnesota's popular state parks.

Ohman's photographs and the text by Chris Niskanen capture the unique character and history of each park. "Prairie, Lake, Forest" explores the waterfalls, underground caves, lady slippers and dwarf trout lilies, cross-country skiing and fishing adventures in alluring photographs and stories.

Ohman is well known as the photographer for the Minnesota Byways series on Minnesota Historical Press.

"Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks" is the fifth book in the series that includes "Barns of Minnesota," "Cabins of Minnesota," "Churches of Minnesota" and "Courthouses of Minnesota."

The sixth book in the Minnesota Byways series, "Libraries of Minnesota," is now available.

Ohman's Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes author visit is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for dinner Wednesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at La Pasta in Dorset.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call club president David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

Long Lake Theater opens for its 10th summer season with the comedy "Arsenic & Old Lace" Wednesday, June 8.

Two sweet, spinster aunts have a surprising secret buried in their cellar in this hilarious play by Joseph Kesselring.

Performances are at 3 p.m. Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from June 8 through July 2.

Reservations recommended. Call the theater or visit Tickets also available at Beagle Books and Sister Wolf Books.

Ticket holders to the June 8 opening matinee are invited to a gala following the show at Jewel of the Northwoods Bed & Breakfast. Meet the cast and enjoy light refreshments from 5-7 pm. Long Lake Theater is located in downtown Hubbard, about 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Sanford Clinic Bemidji will be host a free varicose vein screening to raise awareness for venous disease and available treatment options from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.

The screening will be held at the main clinic located at 1233 34th Street NW in Bemidji. Contact the clinic at 218-333-5171 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, June 9

Individuals who will be 12 years old in 2011 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota firearms safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10 at the Environmental Education building at the fairgrounds.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Environmental Education building. Books will be distributed and fees collected. Each student is required to bring a self-addressed, stamped, letter-size envelope at the time of registration.

There is no maximum age limit for people taking the course.

Topics to be covered include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m.

All students must register June 8 to participate.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the home of Liz Smith with Kaye Stacey as co-hostess.  

The program will be the report of state convention.

Park Rapids area churches invite you to enjoy live music over the

noon hour from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be

served. Bring your own lunch.

Park Rapids area churches will again orchestrate live noon hour performances from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays. Coffee and dessert will be served. Bring a lunch.

Musician Paul Albright kicks off the season playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica Thursday, June 9 at Faith Baptist Church, Park Rapids.

"Some 30 years ago I started in a garage band like every other boy in the '70s," he said. Playing in the cities with a punk rock band helped with college expenses. He played in a country rock band for two years and then put music on hold once he started teaching art.

Now, he occasionally plays in church and Saturdays as a pre-show performer for the Woodtick theatre in Akeley.

"I enjoy many styles of music and like to play the easy listening American pop culture music of Louis Armstrong, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams," he said.

Bring your spinning wheels, drop spindles or just your interest to 201 Main Street (Monika's) in Park Rapids at 3 p.m. Thursday June 9.  

For more information, call Kathy 732-0978.

The Nevis Lions will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Muskie Park.

Steve and Jill's will be taking orders for dinner.

In event of rain, the meeting will be held in the city hall.

Saturday, June 11

A North Country Trail day hike of 5.1 miles begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 on the Woodtick Trail.

To reach the meeting point, from the Y southeast of Walker drive four miles south on Highway 371, turn east on the Woodtick Trail and drive two miles east to the NCT trailhead. 

Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

The third annual Tails on the Trail walkathon -and pet expo - for hounds and humans alike - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in Heartland Park.

"Spritzle" has dampened the past two dog trots. To guarantee sunshine at this year's event, the organizers are giving away umbrellas to walkers raising $40 and an umbrella and T-shirt to those raising $75 via pledges.

Food, vendors and fun for the entire family are on the dogget (docket) including a pet fashion show, best trick contest, dog paw flower art, a kissing booth, coloring contest, face painting and a 4-H dog agility demo.

A reduced cost micro-chip clinic will be in the shelter pavilion.

Head to headwatersanimal to register or for more info.

Proceeds from the dog walk and pet expo will support the Headwaters Animal Shelter and its programs. Last year's event raised over $3,300 for our furry friends.

The Akeley Garden Club will host a plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11 on Paul's Patio.

There will be numerous plants from which to choose. No early sales.

Jack Pearson, award-winning Minnesota musician and storyteller, will be bringing his special blend of songs and stories for kids and families to the Park Rapids Area Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

Pearson is well known in the upper Midwest and the West Coast for his vocal and instrumental skills on the guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

He will be sharing his trademark songs and stories and rumor has it that he'll even be playing his almost- famous amplified toy box lid.

The event is free.

Nevis will be boppin' Saturday, June 11 when the C&C hosts the first Bop 'til You Drop event from 1 to 6 p.m. in Muskie Park.

'50s and '60s music will be playing on the nickelodeon with a rock 'n roll band slated to take the stage from 4 to 6 p.m.

Elvis is expected to make an appearance. Vintage cars will line the boulevard. A hula hoop contest and a nerds vs. jocks showdown are on the docket.

Northwind Grocery will be selling 99-cent burgers. Muskie Waters will have malts for the slurping at '50s prices.

Gas stations will hold drawings with the winners buying gas at 1950s pricing. The purchase of 10 gallons of gas throws your name in the bucket.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host a BBQ pulled pork dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

A silent auction will be held and musicians will entertain after 6 p.m.   

Monday, June 13

A six-week writing group geared for teens will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, June 13 at the Nemeth Art Center, formerly known as the North Country Museum of Arts.

Learn writing tips and ideas. Share your poems, stories and essays. Learn the fine art of giving helpful feedback.  Group size is limited. It's open to ages 14-18. Scholarships are available through the support of the Friends of the Library.

For more information, including cost, contact group leader, Cindie Ekren at 652-4257 or Kelly Grossman at 237-5900

The Nemeth Art Center is located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary will hold an informational coffee from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 in the lower level conference room.

Auxiliary members will share the volunteer activities and opportunities available via "Service, Support and Socializing.

Dessert and coffee will be served.

RSVP to Joyce Cowman at 732-0992 by Friday, June 10.

A support group for those with celiac disease will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St.

The monthly, free informational meeting is held to help people with celiac disease learn more about the disease -  what to eat, how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients. 

Informational materials will be available along with some gluten-free recipes.   Each month we have a potluck supper.  Along with a gluten-free dish to share, bring eight copies of the recipe to share with the group.

  Call Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170 for more information.

Zumba, The Latin-inspired dance fitness program, will be available in Laporte this summer, with classes Monday, Thursday and every other Saturday, beginning June 13. The classes will meet 6:30 -

7:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Participants may purchase a punch card from the instructor to receive a

reduced rate or pay per class.

To register or for more information, contact Laporte Community Education at 218-224-2288 ext. 141 or diane@laporte.k12.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater will present a two-week summer youth theater workshop June 13-26.

June 13-19, Emily Meyer from First Lutheran Church of Akeley and friends will lead local 4th-12th graders through the audition process.

They will also go behind the scenes into the theatrical world of lighting, sound, set and prop production, box office and publicity, script writing, costuming, directing and acting.

The week will conclude with a polished production, presented Sundays, June 19 and 26 (before the Paul Bunyan Days parade).

June 20-26, Beth Grafenstein and Meyer will help young people sharpen their musical theater gifts.

Along with the areas covered in the first week, we'll explore vocal auditions, vocal technique, interpreting music for the stage and choreography. This is an initial week of preparation for the Nevis

School/Minnesota Folklore Theater presentation of the "Wizard of Oz."

The classes will conclude June 26 with a reprise of the first week's production and a sneak peak of selections from the Wizard of Oz.

Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The $15 registration fee includes a "fantastic" theatrical experience, lunch every day, one ticket to the final performance (for each performance if attending both weeks), and a donation to the Akeley Revitalization Project in participants' names. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. Participation will be capped at 25 youth.

Contact Minnesota Folklore Theater for more

information and a registration form at www.minnesota, or 218-652-2666.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the Park Rapids Public Library, an accessible site.

will be discussing plans for the upcoming year including the next Walleye and Wild Rice Dinner on the 17th.  Any one is welcome and encouraged to come and take part.  

Tuesday, June 14

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary is hosting a Flag Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

Menu is sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, dessert and beverage.

All proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary's new $60,000 pledge to "Helping Our Growing Area Grow Healthier."

Holistic Living (a moms' social network) will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids.  

Guest speaker Christine Horvath will be explaining an effective, safe, drugless Ersdal Zone Therapy, primarily used for natural pain relief.

All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Wednesday, June 15

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering a silk painting techniques workshop with noted Minnesota artist Jo Hill Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 and 16.

Class time each day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jo Hill's studio, 15391 Cranberry Drive, Park Rapids.

In this exploratory workshop - the participant will:

n Explore several techniques of silk dye application;

n Learn to control the dye on a project. 

n Plan and execute samples exploring color, color mixing and shading.

n Be instructed in the various steps taken in creating a silk scarf painting. (Students may return individually to create a scarf at no additional cost.) 

Class size is limited; Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 10.

  For details and information on cost or to register, contact Bickey Bender at 732-8679 or cell, 218-616-0477.

Author Jim Proebstle will discuss his new book, "Fatal Incident," at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

It's been more than 65 years since Japan's surrender marked the end of World War II, but many questions remain unanswered.

In 1944, an Army Air Transport Command plane flown by a young pilot from Minnesota crashed in Alaska's Mount McKinley Range. The cause of the crash remains a mystery.

Proebstle was inspired by these true-life events to further research and write "Fatal Incident" as a novel that explores the possibility that a conspiracy involving espionage was to blame for the crash.

"'Fatal Incident' challenges us with the possibility that we have never been presented with a complete set of facts surrounding this crash and disappearance of all onboard."

Proebstle has a personal connection to this story. The young pilot flying the military transport plane was his father's brother, Roy Proebstle. Since this story is based on true events experienced by his family, Proebstle was able speak with his Aunt Millie, Roy's wife, who is still living.

He was given access to their letters and postcards, original pictures, and newspaper articles.

William Kent Krueger, New York Times best selling author, says, "Jim Proebstle has written a unique and compelling story, a true event cloaked in the fabric of fiction.  Though much of "Fatal Incident" is speculative, every consideration is grounded in rock-solid fact.

"This narrative works on so many levels that it doesn't matter whether or not you accept Proebstle's conclusions concerning the mystery at the heart of the story.  Either way, you'll enjoy a hell of a good read."

Proebstle's Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes author visit is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Thursday, June 16

The Bemidji Community Arts Council is hosting writer and poet Heid Erich as a part of the Bemidji Library Book Festival June 13 -18.  

She will be reading poetry and brief non-fiction at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University. 

Saturday, June 18 the BCAC will present a workshop by Erdrich - "Bring in the Sheaves" - a workshop in harvesting writing with an eye toward creating a book.  

Writers at all stages and working in all genres are welcome to share a morning of guided writing and brief presentation of one to pieces of writing that may, or may not, be headed toward a book manuscript.

Bring two or more works to read and discuss.

Workshop space is limited.  Call 218-444-7570 for availability.

For more information on the workshop, readings or Erdrich go to

Friday, June 17

Osage Lions will be hosting White Cane Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 17 at several locations in Park Rapids.

White Cane Day is sponsored annually by Lions nationwide to donate money for prevention of blindness.

Osage Lions will be at J&B Foods, L&M Fleet, Coborn's Foods, Park Ace Hardware and Walmart.

Used eyeglasses will be accepted at the locations.

The Hubbard County DFL have a walleye and wild rice dinner Friday, June 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature walleye and wild rice, salads, veggies, bars, rolls and beverages.  

Presale tickets can be purchased at Beagle Books for a savings off the regular price.

Saturday, June 18

The Twisted Stitchers will be visiting the Foothills Alpaca Farm in Backus Saturday, June 18.  

Members should be at either the south parking lot of the hospital/clinic in Park Rapids at 9:30 a.m. or at the Muskie in Nevis at 9:45 a.m. to carpool. Everyone is welcome.

"Be prepared to drool over their fleeces."  

For more info, contact Kathy Belt at 732-0978.

Monday, June 20

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering Imagination Soars, a creative art camp for kids ages 6-12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 20, 22 and 24 at Century School.

Students will explore a variety of mediums while developing their own personal artistic expression. Students will be introduced to the elements of art and create two- and three-dimensional projects. Drawing, printmaking and wire

sculpture will be the primary instructional experiences.

Students will learn to critique their own work and select work for the youth

art show.

All art supplies will be provided.

Class size is limited to 10 students; registration deadline is Wednesday, June 15.

For details and information on cost or to register for the class contact Judy Wegenast, 218-847-3519, or check the BCG website, www.blankcan vas 

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota Legislature.

Friday, June 24

Dorset will be hosting its Festival of Authors & Artists beginning at noon Friday, June 24 with authors scheduled at Sister Wolf Books throughout the day.

The tentative schedule of authors from noon to 2 p.m. includes Will Weaver, Jess Lourey, Molly Beth Griffin, John Reminger (Winner of 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction), Allan and Linda Anderson and Chris Monroe.

Authors scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. are Mike Roberts, Peter Smith, Mary Westra, Kitty Gogins, Melissa Vocelka, Mary Ann Wendt, Jim Proebstle and LouAnn White.

Mike Fedo, Sara Forsberg, Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer, Pam Leonard, Chris Husom, Marion Holtey, Pat Helmberger, Sally West will greet readers from 4 to 6 p.m.

And from 6 to 8 p.m. Nate Jorgenson, Judith Borger, Linda Kantor, David Holmes and Joe Brandmeier will discuss their work.

Artists will also display their work, including quilts, silk painting, rosemaling, stained glass, oil paintings, jewelry and pottery. Some will be selling their work and others will have demonstrations. Quilters and silk painters exhibit their works, as well.

Restaurants will be offering specials throughout the festival.